Watch the 2021 Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Induction Ceremony

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Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Journalism

The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made outstanding contributions to journalism in Oklahoma, the United States and worldwide. Each year since 1971, the hall of fame has recognized Oklahoma natives who have at least 10 years of outstanding journalism service or journalists who have both service in Oklahoma and/or at least 10 years or more elsewhere.

50 Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Our Greatest Journalists

From the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Watergate to the Penn Square Bank collapse and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, these are the stories of how the members of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame embody the pioneering spirit in their own lives.

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Oklahoma Jouralism Hall of Fame

Our Director

Joe Hight
Director, Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

In times of rapid change and constant controversy, the hall of fame is more important than ever. It emphasizes the proud role and importance of a free press as a vital and consistent part of our country’s First Amendment freedoms.

The hall of fame honors journalists who have dedicated their lives to excellence in serving the citizens of our state and country.

This website is designed to enhance that purpose by providing instant access to information on the hall of fame, its rich history contained in the biographies of all members, as well as an online form for nominating possible future members. Be sure to browse through this virtual hall of fame and contact us for suggestions and comments. We hope you’ll visit the actual hall of fame on the third floor of UCO’s Nigh University Center.

Be sure to browse through this virtual hall of fame and contact us for suggestions and comments. We hope you’ll visit the actual hall of fame on the third floor of the UCO’s Nigh University Center.

2016 – Present

Joe Hight

Inducted 2013

1995 – 2016

Terry Clark

Inducted 2000

1980 – 1995

Dennie Hall

Inducted 1999

1971 – 1980

Dr. Ray Tassin

Inducted 2013

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Our Executive Committee

Billie Rodely

Billie Rodely began her career covering small town politics and other news for WIOU radio in Kokomo, Indiana after graduation with a BA from Valparaiso University in 1978. She also worked at KFKF radio in Kansas City before coming …

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Jennifer Gilliland

Jennifer Gilliland began work at the Oklahoma Press Association in 1984, and began serving as editor of The Oklahoma Publisher in 1990. A native of Mangum, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University before working …

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Lindel G. Hutson

Lindel G. Hutson joined The Associated Press in Little Rock in 1972 as reporter and editor. He began his journalism career at the Jonesboro Sun in Arkansas while earning a journalism degree at Arkansas State University.

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Ralph Schaefer

Ralph Schaefer began his community newspaper career at the El Reno Daily Tribune in 1969 after graduating from UCO. In 1973 he joined Retherford Publications as associate editor for Southeast News, Tulsa County News …

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Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Our Selection Committee

Honorees are selected by a committee comprised of hall of fame members, including its director, and distinguished leaders in journalism. The Selection Committee considers all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years, before selecting the honorees. The Selection Committee also has the discretion every year to select a Lifetime Achievement Award winner to an outstanding supporter of or contribution to journalism excellence in this state and country. The winner may or may have been nominated to the hall of fame.

2022 submission deadline is Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Member

Jennifer Gilliland

Inducted 2006

Member

Joe Hight

Inducted 2013

Member

Carla Hinton

Inducted 2017

Member

Barbara Hoberock

Inducted 2018

Member

Lindel G. Hutson

Inducted 2008

Member

Billie Rodely

Inducted 2004

Member

Ralph Schaefer

Inducted 2017

Member

Mark Thomas

Inducted 2007

Member

Terri Watkins

Inducted 2005

Member

Vance Harrison

President and CEO of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters